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Book Review: Triumph of a Tsar

September 23, 2018 Renny Book ChatHistorical Fiction

For anyone who would like something a little bit different in the history genre, check out my review of Triumph of a Tsar by Tamar Anolic, a well-written Alternative Historical Fiction. Triumph of a Tsar is a work of alternate historical fiction in which the Russian Revolution of 1917 is averted, and the hemophiliac Alexei, […]

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Consumable History – Virgin to Victoria

August 21, 2018 Renny Book ChatHistorical Fiction

Virgin to Victoria is a powerful retelling of the history of the British monarchy, beginning with Henry VIII’s daughter, Elizabeth I, as she comes to the throne. Charting Elizabeth’s incredible journey, Virgin to Victoria travels in time through the confusion of the Stuart dynasty, the devastation of a Civil War led by Oliver Cromwell, horrific […]

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After Paris

July 19, 2016 Renny After ParisBook ChatEvents

It’s official! My new book has been published and ready to enjoy. To see where you can get your copy, select the ‘Buy A Book’ tab. There you will see the link for amazon – both Canada and US versions, the ebook link at Smashwords, or even through the website here. OR you could wait […]

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WW1 And More

April 27, 2016 Renny Book ChatHistorical Fiction

April is the month in which we remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle, which first saw Canada fight as the cohesive Canadian Expeditionary Force (4 Divisions) rather than as various units attached to the British Expeditionary Force, ran between April 9 and 12, and will ‘celebrate’ its 100th anniversary next year (1917). Although […]

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There’s Something In The Air of Newfoundland That Truly Inspires

December 9, 2015 Renny Book ChatEvents

Newfoundland is a cauldron of creativity. I’ve always known it; some of my favourite writers are from there – whether it’s Annie Proulx with The Shipping News, Wayne Johnston with The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Michael Crummey with Sweetland or Michael Winter with Minister Without Portfolio, there’s no doubt about it – they have a […]

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Am I an Island?

December 8, 2014 Renny Book ChatHistorical Fiction

I consider myself a rather solitary person. I enjoy my own company, and that of my dogs. It was interesting to me to realize then, how many communities in which I am in fact a participant. I recently read Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland – a wonderful book set in Newfoundland – and it made me think […]

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War and Peace

August 24, 2014 Renny Book Chat

I’ve spent the summer working my way through a huge tome called “And Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hooven Santmyer and my version has 1433 pages (there are some more recent versions that have a few less pages). I recently likened it to an American version of War and Peace. That off-the-cuff comment made […]

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Three-Day Road

August 1, 2014 Renny Book Chat

  I have read all three of Joseph Boyden’s novels, and while his most recent (The Orenda) is receiving great attention, my favourite continues to be his first. Perhaps it’s because I’m currently writing my second novel, which opens during WW1, and Three-Day Road is a tale from that time – but it’s much more […]

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Atonement

June 26, 2014 Renny Book Chat

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my book thoughts here, so to atone for the long absence, I’ll talk about one of my favourite authors – Ian McEwan. His books are always complex and intriguing studies of the intricacies of behaviour and motivation. Although I enjoy most of McEwan’s works, my favourite continues to be […]

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Book Chat – A Love Affair

March 8, 2014 Renny Book Chat

OK, I admit it – I have an on-going love affair with the classics. My ‘comfort food’ consists of indulging in a feast of Charles Dickens or Jane Austen. Who could resist an opening line like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a […]

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